Sunday, June 15, 2014

Someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be

This is Crossword Man reporting the NPR Sunday Puzzle from the Big Apple. A Very Happy Father's Day to all you Daddy's out there, even if you're just a Pet Daddy like me.

I'm subbing for Magdalen today because she's hard at work at a writer's conference. Meanwhile I get to be a tourist in Midtown Manhattan which I suspect is a whole lot more fun.

If you're in town and are curious to meet Magdalen in person, she's doing a public reading tonight sometime between 7:30 and 9:30 tonight at the Red Room, a "prohibition era speakeasy" that's part of the KGB Bar in the East Village.

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a certain trip that contains the letter S. Change the S to a C and rearrange the resulting letters. You'll name the location where this trip often takes place. Where is it?
I didn't have to think about this too long: as I was reading the puzzle online, I heard another Weekend Edition feature that proved helpful in suggesting the nature of the trip. I suspect the puzzle is easy enough anyway, and when you've solved it, be sure to send your answer to NPR using their trippy contact form.

My word of the week is of course Dad:

Time for
This is where we ask you how many entries you think NPR will get for the challenge above. If you want to win, leave a comment with your guess for the range of entries NPR will receive. First come first served, so read existing comments before you guess. Or skip the comments and send an email with your pick to Magdalen (at) Crosswordman (dot) com. Ross and I guess last, just before we publish the Thursday post. After the Thursday post is up, the entries are closed. The winner gets a puzzle book of our choosing or a contribution in the winner's honor to the Red Cross.

"Around 150 entries" last week, so I'm going to give the win to early voter Phil ... let us know if you'd like a puzzle book or a gift to the Red Cross. We've had a lot of Pick A Range payouts recently, but this week may be harder to call?

Here are the ranges:
Fewer than 50       
51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400
401 - 450
451 - 500

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050         
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300
2,301 - 2,350
2,351 - 2,400
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

More than 5,000
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.
Our tie-break rule:   In the event that a single round number is announced with a qualifier such as "about" or "around" (e.g., "We received around 1,200 entries."), the prize will be awarded to the entrant who picked the range including that precise number, e.g., 551 - 600 wins if the announced range is "around 600." We retain the discretion to award the prize to an entrant who picked the adjacent range (e.g., 601-650) if that entrant had not already won a prize. In the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose").  As of January, 2014, this rule is officially even more complicated than it's ever been, but at least it's consistent with what we actually do..


Anonymous said...

Please donate to the Red Cross, Ross. If possible, please earmark the gift for maritime relief of Viking ships delivering Bibles.


Word Woman said...

1301-1350. Dazzlingly easy.

Best of luck to Magdalen tonight!

Marie said...

Pretty dang easy this time, so...1951-2000.

Anonymous said...

I agree, Marie, really easy. 1,351 - 1,400

Anonymous said...

I agree that it's easy, but I'm going with a lower range. 451-500, please.

When I first heard the puzzle, I misheard it, thinking I had to substitute an S for a C and thus began thinking of trips with C in them. When "acid trip" came to mind, I was praying it was wrong given the age of the person who submitted the puzzle.


David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Mendo J1m said...

Will actually said "Eye Judges!"
Maybe I'll re-read "Richard Eye Eye Eye."

Paul: Did I miss Sunday's comeuppance?

This week's challenge is not too difficult, but it does have the rare quality of no Shortzian lack of rigor.
How about 1201 +.
Ross's photos are easier than Magdalen's on my modem. Thanks

Mendo Jim said...

I was out mowing my hay field when I realized Will said "Eye Kings," not "Eye Judges.".
Stopped and came in to post this embarrassing correction. Might as well have lunch as long as I am on a break.

Paul said...

"Comeuppance" is your word, Mendo Jim. I only meant that I thought you had committed 'range-pick suicide' by choosing low and then dropping a blatant hint, and that the number revealed on Sunday would substantiate that hypothesis. It did not. I don't think your hint tripled the number of correct entries. Maybe Word Woman did herself in by amplifying your hint, but even that is doubtful. I certainly didn't help my cause by drawing a red circle it. No, I think Phil won fair and square with his early, accurate prediction.
Fair and square. Now that would make a great phrase to run through the Flick'r mill. Oh, sorry, I forgot. I got some nice pictures from Google last week with hoseart, which could have been an ancient ship of some sort, but wasn't. Bing insisted I must've meant "horse art". Robots can be so unreasonable.

1,051 - 1,100 please.

Paul said...

Red circle around it. And if my prognostication is correct this week, I would like the prize to go to the Red Cross.

Mendo Jim said...

I hope "range-pick homicide" isn't also a possibility.
I wonder if Magdalen can tell from her ownership position how many folks visit her site vs. how many visit and post (c.10).
And is willing to share, of course.

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Word Woman said...

Yes, I am curious also, Mendo Jim. Also curious about the reading, Magdalen--how did it go?

Paul, interesting that I never missed " around " until you pointed out its absence. Ah, the preposition!

Fair and square sounds good to me. Wondering about the origins of that phrase also.

Paul said...

I was joking about 'fair and square'. Magdalen used it a couple of weeks ago. But I was serious about 'hoseart'.

Word Woman said...

A brief look into hoseart and I must take it seriously also, Paul. Much more squiggly than fair and square.

Joe Kupe said...

401 to 450 please, and good for the 12 year old!

Ross Beresford said...

Phil, I made a $10 donation to the Red Cross for relief of bible-carrying vikingships everywhere. A popular option.

Magdalen's reading from the opening of "Love in Reality" went great. A good pick, as her mentor was there and had helped shaped that section. She may say more in tomorrow's post.

legolambda said...
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legolambda said...

Good for puzzle creator Eli. May he have a future in puzzletry.

Eli appears in I Samuel, but not in I Kings. However, Eli'jah appears in I Kings. Skoal, Eli!

My range: 551-600, please.


B. Haven said...

Simple, but it's summer

801-850, please